X-Men: Children of the Atom

X-Men: Children of the Atom

Retro Coin Op Synopsis

Capcom had already turned unknown characters like Ryu, Chun Li and M. Bison into stars through its famous one-on-one fighting games, but in 1994, the company decided to switch the process around. Using very well-known characters in a brand-new fighting game, Capcom unveiled X-Men: Children of the Atom, starring Marvel Comics’ uncanny mutant heroes and villains.

The X-Men had already appeared in one hit game, Konami’s 1992 side-scrolling fighter X-Men, but Capcom’s game gave players a chance to test their mettle one-on-one. On the side of good stood weather-controlling African goddess Storm, mind fighter Psylocke, optic-blasting Cyclops, burly metal Russian Colossus, the frozen Iceman, and the team’s most popular borderline psychopath, Wolverine. Evil had its share of powerful combatants as well: six-armed Spiral, the Silver Samurai, mutant-hunting Sentinels, the colossal Juggernaut, tentacle-sporting Omega Red, and Magneto, classic X-villain and master of magnetism.

The game played like other Capcom fighters, but the famous faces and powers made X-Men: Children of the Atom irresistible for the world’s legions of X-fans. Every character’s powers were accessible through secret and not-so-secret moves, which could be chained together into completely devastating multiple-hit combos. Even the backgrounds stayed true to the game’s comic origins, setting battles atop the X-Men’s SR-71 Blackbird, in the famous Danger Room, the isle of Genosha, the untamed Savage Land, the bizarre Mojo World and more.

Wolverine, Psylocke, Juggernaut and Magneto went on to star in Capcom’s next comic book fighting game, Marvel Super Heroes, but the rest of the X-Men hadn’t been forgotten. The gang returned to take on another set of now-famous characters in 1996’s X-Men Vs. Street Fighter, which finally allowed dream match-ups like Wolverine vs. Ryu, Gambit vs. M. Bison, Cyclops vs. Dhalsim and so on. More and more characters joined the fray as the years went on, as Capcom added another hit franchise to its fighting game lineup.

Arcade Machine Release History

1994 - X-Men: Children of the Atom
1995 - Marvel Super Heroes
1996 - X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
1997 - Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter
1998 - Marvel Vs. Capcom
2000 - Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

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